Thailand's Prime Minister says soldiers have ended their operation
after at least 11 people were killed in clashes between security forces
and anti-government protesters in Bangkok.
Abhisit Vejjajiva went on television late Saturday to say he will
continue efforts to resolve the situation, refusing to bow to demands
to resign. The beleaguered prime minister expressed condolences to
family members of the victims.
Month-long protests turned violent after security forces attempted to
move thousands of "Red Shirt" protesters who are blocking key areas in
Security forces have failed to disperse protesters from public places
despite firing rubber bullets, tear gas and even live ammunition.
Protesters fought back with stones, guns and gasoline bombs.
Officials say one journalist and several troops are among those killed. More than 520 others were injured in Saturday clashes.
Reuters news agency identified the journalist as its Tokyo-based
cameraman Hiro Muramoto. It says Muramoto was shot in the chest.
The United States urged both sides to show restraint. In a statement
Saturday, National Security Council spokesman Mike Hammer also said the
White House is monitoring the situation.
"Red Shirt" demonstrators are demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Abhisit and new elections.
Most of them back ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.